Galleywood 1st v Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI on Sat 17 Jun 2017 at 1.00pm
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Won by 1 wkt

Match report There was more than a fair share of ‘squeaky bum time’ as the 1’s squeezed through a tough . encounter with Galleywood, winning by just 1 wkt. Arguably the match should have wrapped up the much more convincingly given the hosts were reduced to 99-9, but a 52 run last wicket stand between Storey and Hicks gave Galleywood a total to defend.

Thankfully, the visitors were indebted to last wicket pairing of GV & Peggy, who slowly but surely knocked off the 13 runs that were required when they joined each other at the crease.

On the hottest day of the cricket season thus far, visiting skipper Wright continued his record of winning every away toss (and losing every home) and asked the hosts to have the first go on a pitch that was dry and had plenty of cracks at one end.

Scoring was tricky early on as the skipper & GV bowled tight lines. Adams got one life, but soon found himself returning to the pavilion, trapped in front by GV for 10. Reeve and Mawby gradually rebuilt, but on the eve of drinks John induced an edge, Reeve safely pouched by glovesman Smythe for 17.

Refuelled by the drinks break, the change combination of John & Peg worked wonders, as the wickets started to tumble, aided by some decent catches, a sharp one from Smithy behind the sticks to remove Mawby, Toby taking a skier and even the skipper claimed a good catch without sustaining injury.

48-2 had suddenly become 99-9. Another five wicket haul for John (5-52) and three for Peg (3-31). Whilst thoughts were being made of a drink and some much needed shade, Galleywood had other ideas.

Through last wicket pairing Storey and Hicks, runs started to flow, particularly from Storey who counter-attacked well, Hicks batting responsibly at the other end in a key supporting role.

The score started to climb, well into three figures, as the last wicket would not fall.

The pair reached their 50 partnership and took the hosts score beyond 150, when finally their stubborn resistance was ended Roger getting one through the defences of Storey, removing him for a fine 42. Galleywood all out for 151in the 39th over. Would that last wicket partnership prove decisive? Nearly!

Progress in the reply was relatively serene as Rod and Smithy traded blows, rattling the score on at 4 an over. However in his final over of his first spell Hicks struck, nipping one back to bowl Smithy for 23. 40-1 though was a solid base.

Namesake Dan entered the fray and continued where Andy had left off, as he and Rod continued to look comfortable against the home attack, drinks taken at 15 overs with WMCC 69-1.

However 7 runs later, the match swung back in the balance, as 76-1 became 76-4. First Dan cracked one to cover, where Rayner took a catch at the second attempt, Toby (0) was run out after a mix-up in the middle, (though should have been caught first) and to compound matters further Rod (27) was bowled round his legs by Storey.

Stability was needed and was provided as Manoj and Jack looked in good touch, rivalling each other for the shot of the day. The pair had taken the total into three figures until inexplicably Manoj (22) was run-out, well short of his ground attempting a second run.

Still with Shippo in good touch, all looked well. However, he holed out at long-on, departing for 11, score now 112-6 and the match in the balance.

Rog & the skipper were reunited in the middle and tried to put the run chase back on track. Progress was gradually being made, but after launching opener Hicks for six, the skipper (10) was castled next ball by an inswinging yorker – the perfect response. 125-7.

Mini-partnerships were the order of proceedings, Rog & John eeking out 7 until Hicks got Rog to fend one straight in the air to square leg. 132-8.

John & GV also put on 7, until John played on, bowled by Blowers for 1. 139-9 – what would ‘WASP’ be saying now?

But cometh the hour, cometh the men – GV & Peg. Whilst some fortune was had with his first delivery – an inside edge for 4 off Hicks, the pair batted so watchfully, taking no risks and picking up the odd run whenever they could.

In sense reminiscent of the 2005 Ashes – it was so difficult to watch as runs were slowly being chalked off. Even when just 3 from home the match was excitingly poised, as Brett Lee cracked one towards the fence (no wait, that was the Ashes) with just a final push needed to get over the line. When it came, it was from that ever reliable player, Eddie Extra, as a no-ball and two wides were bowled by Blowers – victory by 1 wicket!

In the end, it was the closest of finishes, an exciting one that should have been avoided, though credit to Galleywoods last wicket pairing and the bowling attack for getting the hosts back into the game again and again when they looked out of it.

Nevertheless, tremendous to get back to winning ways after last weeks defeat, and with Rayleigh Fairview also winning, there are two clear frontrunners at the top of Div 3 with a third of the season gone.

Back to Pheasant Park next Sat, as we welcome Springfield 3’s for what should again be a stern challenge.

Galleywood 1st Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
8nb 6w 2b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
151 (38.1 overs)
Reeve ct  A. Smith b J. Marshall 17
Adams lbw  b Verlander 10
Mawby ct  A Smith b Mitchell 21
Rayner ct  & b J. Marshall 0
Nurcombe b  J. Marshall 14
Blowers ct  Pateman b Mitchell 5
Shepard ct  & b Mitchell 5
Quartermine ct  Wright b J. Marshall 0
Storey b  R. Marshall 42
Claydon ct  Pateman b J. Marshall 12
Hicks Not Out  6

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kev Wright6.011600.002.67
George Verlander9.0026126.002.89
John Marshall10.0252510.405.20
Keith Mitchell10.0431310.333.10
Roger Marshall3.1021121.006.63

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
5nb 7w 7b 6lb 
for 9 wickets

(39.5 overs)
Rod Brazier b  Storey 27 62 3 43.55
Andy Smith b  Hicks 23 26 2 1 88.46 2
Dan Smith ct  Rayner b Shepard 19 21 4 90.48
Toby Pateman Run out  0 4 0 2
Manoj Tripathi Run out  22 24 3 91.67
Jack Shipton ct  b Blowers 11 25 2 44.00
Roger Marshall ct  b Hicks 6 26 23.08
Kev Wright b  Hicks 10 11 1 1 90.91 1
John Marshall b  Blowers 1 3 33.33 1
George Verlander Not Out  7 18 1 38.89
Keith Mitchell Not Out  1 10 10.0 1

Galleywood 1st Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy